The Secrets To Getting The Best Resin For Wood

best resin for woodSo you’re ready to take on a wood and epoxy resin project. Gimme a big high five! 🙌  You can make cool things like Father’s Day coasters or add a glossy shine to a table. And you want to know what’s the best resin for wood.

Now it’s perfectly understandable that you’re googling ‘best resin for wood.’

✅ You’re a crafter.
✅ Who wants to make something beautiful.
✅ Without making a bunch of mistakes.
❌ But struggling with what resin to buy.

Let’s turn that struggle bus around.

How?

Instead of focusing on the resin, let’s focus on what you want to make.

Now you might be thinking–

Yeah, thanks but I just want to know what’s the best resin for a wood project so I can get on with my day.

And I want to help you do that. But it’s super important you know what you’re making first.

Unless you don’t care about getting glossy, bubble-free, glass-like results.

Once you know what you’re making, you’re 80% closer to getting that best resin for wood.

Have you got that picture in your head?

Perfect. So…

Are you covering a wood surface with epoxy or pouring resin with wood?

And for clarity’s sake (hahahaha pun intended)

table with clear resin coating

Here’s what it means to coat your wood with a glossy surface. This table has a clear, shiny layer on top.

pouring resin into a space

Here’s what it means to pour the resin and wood together. This is how you make an epoxy resin river table. You pour wood and epoxy resin together in a mold box.

If you can’t choose either, let me explain why you need to.

THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL RESIN.

And anyone who tells you differently doesn’t know their head from a hole in the ground. Or isn’t looking out for your best interest.

Knowing what you’re making with wood BEFORE buying epoxy ensures you get the best one for YOUR project.

You’ll save time. And money. And your sanity.

Now that you know your project, you’ll choose from two epoxy types:

If you’re covering a wood surface, you want to use an epoxy resin meant for coatings or doming. This epoxy type mixes thick and self-levels to give an even surface.

And we’ve got two formulas to do that at Resin Obsession:

If you want a clear coat, use the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin.

If you want a colored coat, use the Resin Obsession artwork resin.

If you’re combining wood and epoxy together in a mold box, you need a casting resin. This formula mixes thinner and can be poured in deeper layers. Plus, casting resins penetrate wood easier.

And we’ve got two formulas for that too.

If you’re mixing 3 ounces or less, use the Resin Obsession super clear resin.

If you’re mixing 3 ounces or more of resin, use the Resin Obsession deep pour resin.

And you can get them here 👇

So what happens if you choose the wrong epoxy type for your project?

Well, it’s not like the resin knows. It’s not going to scream at you to STOP! You’re making a huge mistake!

To be perfectly honest here, if I only had one wish to make something like that happen, I would make sure the latex paint could tell me when I’m trying to apply it over oil paint. 😣

If you use a coating in resin in a mold, you’ll get microbubbles and a soft curing resin that will bend or dent.

If you’re using casting resin on a table surface, you’ll get voids and pits in the table, plus an uneven surface.

Now that you know what’s the best epoxy for YOUR wood project, what’s the other 20% of making something beautiful?

Your wood must be dry. Resin hates moisture and may cure soft or not at all if there’s too much water or oil.

Your wood must be sealed. Otherwise, it lets bubbles into the resin as it cures. The easiest way to seal wood is to brush a mixed coating resin onto the surface, letting it soak in. Another popular product is Cactus Juice. It soaks into the wood and is excellent for large wood blocks.

Have everything ready before you mix resin. That means your surface is protected from drips and spills, you’ve got your supplies and resin colors, and you can work uninterrupted. Once you mix the resin, it’s USE it or LOSE IT.

Resin cures best in a temperature of the low 70s F. Under that, it may not generate enough heat to cure. Above that, the resin may get too hot and crack.

If you’re pouring the resin in a deep layer, you risk the resin overheating and cracking. Be mindful of this, and know that you might have to cool down your resin if it gets too hot.

You’ll have bubbles to deal with. A heat gun works great to go over a resin surface to remove bubbles.

You can sand and polish the resin surface if necessary after the resin cures for at least seven days.

How do I know how much resin to use with wood?

Our handy dandy apple candy resin calculator does all the hard work for you. Input your dimensions, and it tells you how much resin you need.

What about using other resin types with wood?

You can use polyurethane resins with wood for small turning projects.

Don’t use polyester resin. It shrinks too much as it cures and can break away from your wood once cured.

Can you color epoxy resin for wood?

Yes. That’s one of the best parts of bringing together wood and epoxy.

Can I use oils on my wood?

If you’re finishing a river table and want to protect the wood, you can use wood oil. Otherwise, if you’ve finished a table with a layer of clear epoxy, it won’t need any extra treatments.

How do I care for resin and wood?

You should never put anything straight from a stove or microwave onto a resin surface. Warm items are safe.

Keep your resin and wood out of direct sunlight. This makes the resin yellow faster.

Have more questions about resin for wood?

Then you’ll want a copy of the ebook, Resin Fundamentals. It shares all the details beginners need to know to get to resin pro status in only an afternoon. Buy the book now and get a download link to your email in minutes.

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